The Enûma Eliš: An Adaptation

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Part three.

Here begins Tablet III…

Anshar pondered these words and addressed his vizier: Kaka, you honor me as my advisor. Go now to my Lahmu, my father and Lahamu, my mother. Ascend to their distant abode, to their dwelling far above us. Speak with your skilled tongue; tell them that I have sent you and bid them to come to me, to my hall. Tell them that Ea went to reason with Tiamat and fled from her presence. Tell them that Anu went to reason with Tiamat and fled from her presence. Tell them that Marduk alone has vowed to serve as our emissary and champion. Bid them to gather in holy assembly and ponder Marduk’s words; bid them to come, to choose for themselves and decree Marduk’s destiny. He has pledged to stand before Tiamat. Repeat then the words he has spoken in my presence. Tell them he has said ‘O my father, lord god among the gods, I ask this boon of you if I become your champion and overcome our foe: gather the assembly together, gather the Igigi and the Anunnaki. If I bind the one that devises wickedness against us, gather the assembly of the Holy Ones and name me as your successor. May your word become mine, may the decree that issues from my mouth be destiny set into motion, may I ordain fate’. Make haste with your decision so that he may face our enemy.

Kaka departed from Anshar’s presence and shrouded himself with shadow to move unseen. Kaka made haste to reach the holy dwelling of the great gods, Lahmu and Lahamu and cast off the shroud that covered him as he approached the door of their holy dwelling. 

He bowed low in their presence and stood saying all that Anshar had entrusted to him to recite: My lord has sent me and bids that you come to his hall. My lord has instructed me to tell you: Ea went to reason with Tiamat and fled from her presence. Likewise, Anu went to reason with Tiamat and fled from her presence. Marduk alone has vowed to serve as our emissary and champion. Come now, my master buds you, gather in holy assembly and ponder Marduk’s words; choose for yourselves and decree Marduk’s destiny. He has pledged to stand before Tiamat. He has said ‘O my father, lord god among the gods, I ask this boon of you if I become your champion and overcome our foe: if I bind the one that devises wickedness against us, gather the assembly of the Holy Ones and name me as your successor. May your word become mine, may the decree that issues from my mouth be destiny set into motion, may I ordain fate’. My lord, your son, Anshar, bids that you make haste with your decision so that he may face our enemy.

All within Lahmu and Lahamu’s holy dwelling cried out in distress: What has befallen us? Who has sown anger and bitterness in Tiamat’s heart? What can be done to cool her anger? What can be done to quiet her rage? What can be done to soothe her go rest?

Together with the holy mother and father, Kaka and the gods in the holy dwelling departed to Anshar’s halls. There, they entered in one accord and with the other Igigi and Anunnaki gods, they decreed Marduk’s destiny…

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